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The Field Where Liberty Was Sown

The most important anniversary this year is marked on June 15th - the day, eight centuries ago, when a king found himself in a muddy field on the River Thames near Windsor Castle with the great foundational document of modern liberty under his nose and awaiting his seal. The world has come a long way since then, and not always for the best. A couple of years back, testifying to the House of Commons in Ottawa about Canada's (now repealed) censorship law, I said the following: Section 13 is at ...

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Steyn on America

Basic Cable

Tiger Beasley Tweets of yesterday's SteynPosts: You know it's been a bad day when @MarkSteynOnline's digest doesn't even include Boehner's indigestible betrayal. You mean the cave-in on DHS? Gee, I suppose I could have mentioned it, but honestly, why bother? It's hardly news that Republicans can't play this game. From my column of October 18th 2013: By Wednesday, however, it was business as usual. Which is to say the usual last-minute deal just ahead of the usual make-or-break deadline to ...

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Susan Rice Goes Full Triple But...

We are bedeviled by what Joe Biden would assuredly call "but buddies". I'm wearily familiar with all those civilizational sell-outs who begin "Of course, I'm in favor of free speech but..." Whatever follows the "but" means the bit before the "but" is not true. Still, it's a riskier rhetorical device to try before a live crowd. At AIPAC yesterday, Susan Rice acknowledged that there were those who wanted Iran to forgo all domestic nuclear enrichment capacity. At which the crowd cheered and indeed ...

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The Warmish Inquisition

The news this last week reminded me of a piece of mine from May, called "Michael E Mann: Liar, Cheat, Falsifier and Fraud" (I toned down the headline upon the advice of counsel). Therein I wrote: It's always fun in a legal battle to have something bigger at stake than a mere victory. In Canada, we put the "human rights" system itself on trial, to the point where the disgusting and indefensible "hate speech" law Section 13 was eventually repealed by Parliament. It seems to me that in this ...

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Planet of the Llamas

On Thursday, I kept my weekly date on The Hugh Hewitt Show, just in time for the big news of the day...

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Steyn on Britain and Europe

For Valour

The Victoria Cross is the Commonwealth's highest decoration for valour on the battlefield. Yesterday it was awarded to the first living Briton for action in the Afghan war...

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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The Enemy of My Enemy

Our leftie friends at Mother Jones put it this way: Benjamin Netanyahu just mansplained Iran to Obama Er, okay. Glad you said that because there'd be no end to it if some rightie guy sneered that Obama was our first female president. For what it's worth, I prefer mansplaining to 'Bamsplaining, where he peddles a lot of gaseous pap interrupted by cheap digs at straw men and all delivered in that set-your-watch-by-it left-right prompter-swivel. (To stick with the Mother Jones shtick, real men ...

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Defend Free Speech!

Romancing the Stone

I'm a little under the weather (which is not as chronic as being under the climate), but I wanted to add something to what I said the other day about thug operator Raúl Grijalva, Democrat Representative from Arizona and Ranking Member of the House UnEnvironmental Activities Committee. It is not a small thing when even a jumped-up twerp hack announces that the national legislature of the world's superpower is targeting seven private citizens for disagreeing with him. In this case Commissar ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

When Your Lover Has Gone

ImageE A Swan?

Who's he?

Well, if you saw Frank Sinatra on stage, pretty much right up till the end in the Nineties, there would come a moment when he'd say something along the lines of...

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Mark at the Movies

Kingsman: The Secret Service

A cinematic blockbuster in which the megalomaniac super-villain out to take over the world is ...a climate-change activist

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Steyn's Song of the Week

All Of Me

A Sinatra classic, born from a happy accident at a summer resort, and a widow's grief

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